Feira de Santana

Feira de Santana

[fair-uh duh san-tan-uh; Portuguese fey-ruh dee sahn-tahn-nuh]
noun
a city in BahÍa state, E Brazil.
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feira de santana

city, northeastern Bahia estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It lies between the Jacuipe and Pojuca rivers, at 820 feet (250 metres) above sea level. Formerly spelled Feira de Sant' Anna, it was given city status in 1873 and was known for its cattle fairs (hence its name, meaning "St. Ann's fair"). It is one of Bahia's major commercial centres serving a sertao (interior) livestock-raising region. The animals are prepared for export as charqui (jerked beef), belts, and skins. Tobacco, cassava (manioc), feijao (beans), and corn (maize) are grown in the agricultural hinterland, and ceramic tiles, furniture, bicycles, and tires are produced in the city. It has a cathedral dating to 1732 and other historic churches and is also home to a football (soccer) stadium. Highways fan out from Feira de Santana to Rio de Janeiro, Salvador (the state capital), and other urban centres, and the city has an airport as well. Pop. (2005 est.) 473,600.

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